Southwest Florida has been popping up a lot lately on the national television stage:
Perhaps the most random was a recent episode of "House." Upon learning he has cancer; Wilson enlists the show's namesake on a roadtrip. During their adventure, they meet an older woman who's sitting at a bus bench in the middle of nowhere, presumably in upstate New York. She informs the duo, who are without transportation, that a bus comes by every 10 minutes.
The woman, who we later learn is an Alzheimer';s patient, informs the docs that she's waiting on a bus for Naples, Florida.
See? So random.
The fatal bus stop stabbing of a Collier teen and the ensuing legal battle using Florida's "stand-your-ground" law also was featured on "Dateline NBC."
Nuno's parents and Saavedra's attorney, Donald Day, were featured on the newsmagazine.
May 11, the Duran brothers were featured in CBS' "Undercover Boss." Cameras followed Alex and Kelvin Duran of Fort Myers as they worked for Mas-Tec. Unbeknownst to the duo; the new employee they were training was actually their boss, Jose Mas.
Just this week a casting call went out for another national program that will feature Naples residents. Modern Features Entertainment and Silver Shoe Productions announced its latest project, "Senior Prom," a competition reality show that will showcase six residents as they "take a journey toward their dream dance of a lifetime."
Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds has been tapped to host the program, which will follow contestants as they train and are mentored by Broadway stars who serve as their dance partners and coaches. Each episode will focus not only on the dance training but also on the lifetime of memories and experiences that will serve as a backdrop for the show.
The series will be taped this summer on location in Naples and Los Angeles. The series builds toward, and culminates in, a finale event to be taped live onstage at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts in front of family, friends, the community, and a national viewing audience.
"We are thrilled to be bringing such a unique production to this beautiful city," says Brian Howie, executive producer. "We chose Naples as the focus of the first season because of its energy and vibrancy, and are excited to showcase the spirit and support of the entire community."
Want to be on TV? Producers are currently casting engaging personalities for the production.
Candidates must be at least 70 years old, a current Naples resident for more than three years; be in good physical condition; willing to share aspects of their personal lives and experiences; available for approximately 20 hours per week for six weeks beginning July 7; have multiple family members and/or friends available and willing to appear on camera; and be willing to travel to Los Angeles for three to five days in August.
For more information about casting or details about the production, please email email@example.com or contact Karen Molnar Danni at 239-963-1459.
Fall TV shapes up
This past week, the broadcast networks unveiled its schedules for fall, and in doing so, we learned what existing programs earned another year, and which ones bite the dust.
We'll be talking about some of the new programs over the summer, but for now, let's share in the shock and dismay.
"Harry's Law," one of NBC's better performing shows overall in the ratings was tanked. "Rock Center," one of NBC's worst performers, renewed.
"CSI: Miami," which won its time slot often, and usually came in second otherwise, was canceled. "CSI: New York," which was relocated to the Friday dead zone last fall, was renewed.
Why? "Harry's Law" is expensive and performed poorly in the coveted 18-49 demo. "Rock Center" is cheap, and the five people who watch it say it's pretty good. Also, NBC Golden Boy — and a personal fave — Brian Williams is behind, and in front of, the show.
"CSI: Miami" also is very expensive, retaining much of the show's original cast. It had also just completed its 10th year. We've speculated for a while that only one of the two would survive, and they picked the cheaper of the two. It will also give "NY" a few more episodes for syndication.
I was thrilled with ABC's second-season orders for "Revenge" and "Once Upon A Time." Both shows will air on Sundays this fall.
I was bummed to see "GCB" and "Ringer" get the ax. I enjoyed both programs. At least "Ringer" had a satisfying season finale.
What do you think? Did your favorite show get renewed or was it axed? How do you feel about that? Drop me a line and be a part of next week's column.
Until then, stay tuned.
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.